30 Sep '17, 10pm

Ultrarunner Dave Mackey loses a leg and learns to run again

Ultrarunner Dave Mackey loses a leg and learns to run again

It was May 2015 when Mackey, on a run he’d done hundreds of times, stepped on a rock on top of 8,500-foot Bear Peak near his home in Boulder. But the rock, which weighed an estimated 300 to 400 pounds, dislodged, knocked Mackey down, landed on his lower left leg, and pinned him for hours. Nearby hikers heard Mackey’s cries for help and were able to lift the rock off his leg. A complicated rescue ensued, and Mackey was treated in both Boulder Community Hospital and Denver Health, where he recovered for weeks. “I’m really lucky to have lived,” he said. RELATED: Michael LeMaitre raced the Mount Marathon Race because of its brutal reputation. That was the last time he was seen alive. But that was only the beginning of Mackey’s long journey, and of his time spent in hospital beds. Over the following 17 months, Mackey underwent 13 different surgeries on his lower leg. Infections...

Full article: https://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/ultrarunner...

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